Voyage Foog Phat Moog

Hall, Simon (2019) Voyage Foog Phat Moog. [Composition]

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Supersonic Festival, in conjunction with Birmingham City University, hosted the Moog Sound Lab, a vast Moog modular synthesis system comprising multiples of every unit that the company has ever produced. The system currently tours the world. I spent some time with this analogue monster, setting up and experimenting with patches, and harvesting the often ridiculously unpredictable results that it is capable of generating. I came away from a very intensive day with a vast array of Moog-generated sounds.

The extended piece presented here is based solely on material generated by the Moog systems on that day, subsequently developed using an acoustic approach to the sounds. It is, in many ways, quite dark and static, being essentially underpinned by extended, broadly harmonic sequences of drones generated by analogue sequencers driving systems of oscillators, filters, envelopers, delays and resonators. From the drones emerge melodic figures, glitch material and aggressive gestures that meander and coalesce in various ways, the “pure” eventually triumphing over the dark. In its own way, the piece pays its respects to various extended synth-based records from the 1970s.

Item Type: Composition
25 October 2019Published
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Simon Hall
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 10:50
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:53

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